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U-M's Yamashita named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
Date:5/8/2013

o 15 years of experience as faculty members are eligible to apply to the investigator program. HHMI investigators receive salary, benefits, a research budget and funding for other expenses, including research space and the purchase of critical equipment. Investigator appointments may be renewed for additional five-year terms, contingent on a scientific review.

"When it comes to research, HHMI takes the long view," said Jack Dixon, vice president and chief scientific officer of HHMI and former director of the Life Sciences Institute at U-M. "You have to have that in basic research because you have no way of knowing if someone's research is going to be transformative 15 to 20 years down the line. We pick the best people we can find and then provide long-term, stable support so they can act quickly on their best research ideas."

During fiscal year 2012, HHMI made disbursements of $919 million, including $800 million for biomedical research and $119 million in grants to support science education and international science. The institute's endowment at the close of fiscal year 2012 stood at about $16.1 billion. HHMI's headquarters is in Chevy Chase, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

Other HHMI investigators at U-M are James Bardwell, Arul Chinnaiyan, John Moran, Mercedes Pascual and the LSI's David Ginsburg. U-M's Ming Lei is an HHMI "early career scientist."

Yamashita is a faculty member of the Life Sciences Institute's Center for Stem Cell Biology, where her laboratory is located and all her research is conducted. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program at the U-M Medical School.


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Contact: Laura J. Williams
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734-615-4862
University of Michigan
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